Three Seas IT sector adopts Warsaw Digital Declaration

Three Seas IT sector adopts Warsaw Digital Declaration Tomasz Gzell/PAP

The IT and modern technology sectors of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have adopted the joint Warsaw Digital Declaration, defining the most important issues concerning the digital economy of countries of the Three Seas region.

The Three Seas Initiative is a project to jointly develop infrastructure and economic ties between 12 countries lying between the Adriatic, Black and Baltic seas.

The declaration, which is to be presented to governments of the region and European Commission officials, is a joint initiative of digital organisations of the CEE region, making up the Three Seas Group, including Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

The document's signatories said in a press release that it draws attention to the fact that the importance of the digital transformation grew during the period of the coronavirus pandemic.

"During the global health crisis, the digital industry played a critical role in boosting the digitisation of the administration, business, education and social life of our communities, while allowing all those areas to function despite the current limitations," the declaration states.

"This process must be sustained once the pandemic is over, so that we can build on the opportunity to enhance the digital transformation of the countries of the Three Seas Initiative. This is vital as the ICT industry and related new growing industries are expected to be the driving force of the economies of Central Eastern Europe in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced crisis."

In the opinion of Three Seas sector representatives, the intellectual and technological potential of the region must be developed within the framework of international cooperation between the countries of CEE.